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Oldham: Embedding the Compact in a new Cooperative structure

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Oldham Council has recently made the shift to being a Cooperative Borough, and they’ve ensured that the local voluntary and community sector is at the heart of their new structure. The momentum that is being created to develop Oldham as a Cooperative Borough has helped to meaningfully embed the local Compact into their day to day practices.

Lancashire United Against Hate: Advancing Equality

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Employees from Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire County Council and Unison came together voluntarily to form a partnership called ‘Lancashire United Against Hate’.

By tackling the lack of resources available to assist with hate crime prevention in their area together, partners exemplified principles defined in the national Compact as “An Equal and Fair Society”. The subsequent DVD they produced has ended up having a wider-reaching impact.

East Sussex: Measuring success

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By setting objectives and reviewing performance annually, the East Sussex Compact Steering Group has brought about a culture of continuous development within the East Sussex Compact.

Surrey: Honesty is the best policy

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The discourse between the Surrey Compact and Surrey County Council shows that all news, even bad news, is worth sharing.

Hertfordshire: Surviving a Compact stress-test

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The relationship between the voluntary and community sector in Hertfordshire has come under considerable strain since Hertfordshire County Council reviewed its funding of the voluntary and community sector following the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR 2010). 

Kent Fire and Rescue Service breathes new life into the Compact

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Sue Beer, Dover Compact Officer, and her colleagues have been working with Kent Fire and Rescue Service. They have been exploring how cross sector working can benefit both the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and the Fire Service. Positive steps have been taken to create a close relationship which improves the safety of local people.

Lewisham: bridging the gap

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The commitment shown to its partnership with the voluntary and community sector (VCS) by the London Borough of Lewisham aspires to more than just working together. It recognises that where the sectors work in true partnership their priorities become mutual and the boundaries between them become less distinct. 

Elected members take the lead in Shropshire

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Partnership working in Shropshire has been boosted by creating a new leadership role for a Cabinet member who is also a Compact Champion.

Shropshire Council has strengthened its commitment to a Compact approach by appointing Councillor Gwilym Butler to lead on working with the voluntary and community sector (VCS), community engagement and community leadership and governance.

Comparing local Compacts to drive improvements

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By coming together at a sub-regional level to scrutinise the impact of local Compacts, partners in the Humber have gained a unique insight into the current status and future potential of their local Compacts as well as an opportunity to identify and share good practice.

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